Need a practical, last minute gift for someone? Why not make them something useful, a gift basket with some favorite teas, soothing lotion, perhaps a candle or homemade soap, and of course, a special flannel microwaveable heat pack to relax those achy muscles:
This project is rated Easy for beginner sewers and takes only 10 minutes once you have the following supplies:
Important Tip! Be sure to buy 100% cotton fabric for this project. Cotton flannel from your local quilt store would be an excellent choice. 100% cotton fabric is safe to use in the microwave.
Step 1: Fold over the ends about 1/2″ and stitch:
Step 2: Right sides together, stitch down both sides. The fold in the middle will become one closed end of the pack. After this step is completed, you will have a tube with one end of the tube open and one closed :
Step 3: Turn right side out, and use a chopstick or similar object to push out the corners:
Step 4: Fill with rice and then stitch the pack closed. It is important to only fill the pack about 60-70% full of rice for flexibility:
Once you have stitched the end closed using your sewing machine, your project will now look like this and be ready to use:
***Optional Step*** Blog visitor Sandy recommends that you fill the bag up a quarter, then stitch across, add another 1/4 of rice, then stitch again. Continue until you get to the top. This will keep the rice from shifting too much.
Your finished project would then look like this:
To heat your wrap/pack, just put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Adjust the time based on your make/model of microwave and pack size:
You are now finished with your first heat pack! It stays warm for a very long time and easily wraps or molds to your body.
Make them in various sizes: I made my sock monkey heat wrap to fit my elbow or knee. This one, sock money wrap #2, was made to soothe my abdomen or lower back. Notice that I was experimenting with sewing channels and grids to see which I like best. I ended up liking the long channels best:
As with all my tutorials, please let me know if you make one and how you like it. Fell free to link to this page and also check out my free tutorial page here.
PS: Randi made 8 of these heat packs today and also made terrific covers so they are washable. Check out her photos here. Great job, Randi! And here is my heat pack with pillowcase: